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# Binomial Probability Distribution on TI-89

Summary: With your TI-89/92, you can do all types of probability calculations for a binomial probability distribution.

See also: TI-83/84 users can use the program in MATH200A part 3 or the calculator procedure here, in Stats without Tears, to compute binomial probability.

## Binomial Probability for One x Value

To compute the binomial probability for one particular number of successes, use the `binompdf` function.

TI-89 Home Screen TI-89 Stats/List Editor [`CATALOG`] [`F3`] [plain `(` makes `B`] [`▼`] [`F5`] [`ALPHA` `(` makes `B`] binompdf(n, p, x) (dialog box) Notice the difference: When you’re in the catalog, the calculator puts you into alpha mode, so you don’t press [`ALPHA`] to select a letter. But when you’re in the Stats/List editor, you do press [`ALPHA`] to select a letter.

Example 1: Larry’s batting average is .260. If he’s at bat four times, what is the probability that he gets exactly two hits?

Solution:

n = 4, p = 0.26, x = 2

Note: Some textbooks use r for number of successes, rather than x.

`binompdf(4,.26,2)` = 0.2221

## Binomial Probability for a Range of x Values

To compute the binomial probability for a range of numbers of successes from xlow to xhigh, use the `binomcdf` function.

TI-89 Home Screen TI-89 Stats/List [`CATALOG`] [`F3`] [plain `(` makes `B`] [`F5`] [`ALPHA` `)` makes `C`] binomcdf(n, p, xlow, xhigh) (dialog box)

Example 2: Larry’s batting average is .260. If he’s at bat six times, what is the probability that he gets two to four hits?

Solution:

n = 6, p = 0.26, 2 ≤ x ≤ 4

`binomcdf(6,.26,2,4)` = 0.4840

Example 3: Suppose 65% of the registered voters in Dryden are Republicans. In a random sample of ten registered voters, what’s the probability of fewer than six Republicans?

Solution: “Fewer than six” is zero through five.

n = 10, p = 0.65, 0 ≤ x ≤ 5

binomcdf(10, .65, 0, 5) = 0.2485

There’s about one chance in four of getting fewer than six Republicans in a random sample of ten registered voters.

Example 4: With the same data, what’s the probability of getting eight or more Republicans?

Solution: “Eight or more” means eight to ten since there are only ten trials.

`binomcdf(10,.65,8,10)` = 0.2616

Example 5: A fair die has a 1/6 chance of rolling a 2. In 24 rolls, what's the probability of getting no more than three 2’s?

Solution: “No more than three” means zero to three.

n = 24, p = 1/6, 0 ≤ x ≤ 3

`binomcdf(24,1/6,0,3)` = 0.4155

## What’s New

• 7 Nov 2020: Converted page from HTML 4.01 to HTML5, and italicized variable names.
• 5 Oct 2016: Pointed out the difference between selecting letters from the catalog and from the Stats/List Editor.
• 31 Jan 2016: Since “Binomial Probability Distribution on TI-83/84” has been withdrawn, directed TI-83/84 users to the textbook.
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• 17 Jun 2007: New article.